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Nobody eats wolf

WASHINGTON — From Little Red Riding Hood’s terrifying encounter with the Big Bad Wolf to Kevin Costner’s balletic romance with some kindred, four-legged spirit in “Dances With Wolves,” Americans have long had a love-hate relationship with the ancestral predecessor of our favorite ...

Want to know what you’re buying?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently recalled 62,000 pounds of beef due to an E. coli outbreak, creating a nightmare for big grocery chains nationwide. But for the millions of Americans who shop at food co-ops, there’s nothing to worry about. These small grocers obtain their meat and ...

Prisoners of the past on the economy

We are all, to some extent, prisoners of the past. Things that have already happened — or that we remember as having happened — constitute the world that we know. Anything else is a product of imagination. But it can also be a pitfall for politicians, particularly for those seeking ...

Middle-Class Joe cashes in

The American middle class just got a lot richer. Joe Biden, who invariably and tiresomely refers to himself as “Middle-Class Joe,” made $15 million the first two years after the end of the Obama administration. This hardly qualifies as a rounding error in the portfolio of any ...

Biden’s electability is a myth

WASHINGTON — Despite a lackluster debate performance, former vice president Joe Biden is still holding on to his lead in the race for the Democratic nomination in large part because Democratic voters see him as the most electable candidate. A Washington Post-ABC News poll finds that a 45 ...

Socialism war on capitalism

They thought we were rich. They thought we were privileged. They thought we had it easy. Those were the assumptions growing up 50 years ago with the family name attached to a building and a clothing business, Troisi Tailors and Haberdashers. The reality was nothing like the assumptions. My ...

State budget worse than hoped, better than expected

Have you ever remembered you have company coming over in an hour and your house is a mess? That’s usually how it works for me. Panicking, I fill up a jumbo-size garbage bag with trash, quickly vacuum and mop, then throw a bunch of junk in the closet where I know my guests won’t look. I ...

Apollo 11 at 50

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA (“the space base,” we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits. Along with people from around the world, I watched the lunar landing on ...

Apollo 11’s achievement still dazzles

WASHINGTON — Thirty months after setting the goal of sending a mission 239,000 miles to the moon, and returning safely, President John Kennedy cited a story the Irish author Frank O’Connor told about his boyhood. Facing the challenge of a high wall, O’Connor and his playmates tossed their ...

A lose-lose issue for Democrats

It’s not clear if President Donald Trump can win the legal battle to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, but he’s already won in the court of public opinion. A ScottRasmussen.com poll found that 73 percent of voters nationwide believe it is appropriate for the U.S. Census ...

The Constitution, the census and citizenship

Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives could be ...

Cyber: More than an online classroom

There have been quite a few recent articles disparaging cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania, and as CEO of one of PA’s 15 established cyber charter schools, Agora Cyber, I wanted to share my thoughts and some information. For many parents, having the option to choose a more accessible ...

America is greater than ‘just OK’

WASHINGTON — Maybe President Trump was right that we needed a “Salute to America,” because apparently some Americans have lost sight of the greatness of our country. Case in point: To mark Independence Day, The New York Times posted a video op-ed challenging what it called the ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to ...

Count on migrants worldwide to exploit US laws

Word is spreading worldwide — even as far as sub-Saharan Africa — that the U.S. has an open southern border and an open checkbook. This summer, thousands of Africans from Cameroon, Congo and other violence-plagued countries are forming caravans, preparing to cross our southern border. ...

Rare cowardice before justice

WASHINGTON — It helps to know people in high places, especially if you’re a sex offender and your name is Jeffrey Epstein. Some might say that Epstein, the multimillionaire financier, reached the summits of wealth and self-indulgence by his own volition. He is undeniably intelligent, a ...

Leanings cannot be reduced to genetics

Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I’ve come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldviews than many on the right or left are ...

Sex-creep club

Well, well, well. “Follow the facts,” Democratic strategist Christine Pelosi now advises fellow liberals in the wake of billionaire and high-flying political financier Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking indictment this past week. Some of “our faves” could be implicated in the ...

No one is a ‘total loser’

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan’s third congressional district as an Independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: “I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The ...

Let’s energize our infrastructure

Up and down the East Coast, state lawmakers are fighting the Trump administration’s efforts to allow natural gas and oil development in the Atlantic. These politicians recently adopted a novel tactic — they’re blocking construction of onshore pipelines, terminals, and other energy ...